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Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The prime minister has said planning inspectors must “listen” to people campaigning against the proposed incinerator at Saddlebow.
David Cameron made his comments when he was questioned on the issue by North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham at Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons earlier today.
Mr Bellingham said: “Is the prime minister aware that last year there was a borough council run referendum in my constituency about locating an energy to waste incinerator on the edge of King’s Lynn.
“Is he also aware that on a 61pc turn out, 65,516 of mine and [Liz Truss MP’s] constituents voted ‘no’. This amounted to a staggering 92.7pc voting ‘no’.
“Does he agree with me that it is absolutely essential for local democracy and for localism that my constituents and these people are listened to?”
Mr Bellingham’s question comes after he last week accused Tory council chiefs in Norfolk of acting like “Soviet” party leaders, claiming they had not listened to public concern over the citing of the incinerator.
The issue has now been called in and will be the subject of a planning inquiry to start in February next year.
David Cameron responded: “I think it’s very important that the planning system does listen to local people and proper processes are followed. And I’m sure that he’ll work very hard in this case to make sure that happens.”